Corruption and Happiness
Having lived in countries with widely varying standards of honesty, I was interested to find the research summarised in the table below. The data confirms the beneficial influence of the Bible in countries with a Bible-based heritage.
Transparency International, a global organisation dedicated to the fight against corruption, has estimated corruption levels for 180 countries.
The table below shows the corruption scores for the years 2015-2017 of the 5 least corrupt countries in the world. It should be noted that these countries all have a Bible-based Protestant heritage!
The countries with the highest Corruption Scores in the table have the lowest corruption levels:
New Zealand and Denmark are currently at the top of the table with the lowest corruption levels, however their scores declined from 2015 to 2017.
The World Happiness Report 2017 compares happiness in 155 countries and has assigned Happiness Rankings (blue column). Norway is rated as the happiest!
The countries with low corruption and high happiness have had a Protestant or Bible-based heritage.
- As the influence of their Bible-based heritage has faded with time, corruption has increased, security technology become more pervasive, churches emptied and prisons overcrowded.
The complete country lists on the websites show that most non-Protestant heritage countries – whether Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, Hindu or Communist – have higher corruption and lower happiness than the Protestant heritage countries. This will not surprise those who believe that the Bible is our manufacturer's handbook!
Lindsay Smith, July 2018